Dr. Scott Nielsen, associate professor and Alberta biodiversity conservation chair at the University of Alberta, discusses research about how restoration of linear disturbances can be prioritized.
He discusses two major projects: Disturbance And Recovery Trajectory (DART), and Biodiversity Using Integrated Land Design (BUILD) Landscape Management Plan (LMP). DART is focused on understanding the factors affecting forest recovery on legacy 2D seismic lines, predicting natural recovery responses, and prioritizing line segments for restoration. BUILD LMP uses modelling to prioritize restoration in areas with high levels of biodiversity that are unlikely to restore naturally. A multitude of biodiversity values were considered, such as habitats, mammals, forest birds, and fruiting shrubs.
This presentation was a part of the Alberta Centre for Reclamation and Restoration Ecology (ACRRE) Research Connections for Resource Managers Seminar on April 7, 2015.